Google uses mobiles to check local shop stock

Another reason for actually phoning people goes bye-bye

Checking out the nearby stock

Google has announced the full launch of its stock-checking service, where mobile phone users can see if their desired item is available.

If you're searching for a product or price comparing items, you can then click on the blue dot below telling you it's 'In Stock Nearby'.

The list of shops in your vicinity will be displayed - this will tell you whether the item is In Stock or subject to Limited Availability.

Shopping - now ridiculously easy

If you're using an iPhone, Android-enabled mobile or a Palm Pre or Pixi, the web browser will use your aGPS to work out your location (or you can manually enter it yourself).

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However, this service is only available for shops like Best Buy, Sears, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, or West Elm - yep, you've got it right: only in the US for now.

But Google has offered to discuss the service with any other retailers as well - so there's every chance we could see this rolled out to the UK as well.